Wednesday, April 23, 2008

John McDonnell Retiring from Coaching After 43 Years

Wow, this is an historic day. John McDonnell head track & cross country coach of the University of Arkansas, announced on Monday he plans to retire at seasons end. He has the most national championships (42) of any NCAA sport and produced countless professional athletes. McDonnell is one of the best and most successful coaches in the United States since the early 1980s.

During his storied coaching tenure the University of Arkansas has been a pro runner factory developing athletes such as : Tyson Gay, Mike Conley Sr., Wallace Spearmon Jr., Alistair Cragg, Joe Falcon, Calvin Smith, and Stanley Redwine, to name just a few. Coach McDonnell will be sorely missed.

By Jay Hicks, a.k.a. Track Evangelist

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